Summer is almost over. The hot, muggy weather might say otherwise but the calendar doesn’t lie. September is just around the corner and, for many, it comes with our first taste of autumn weather. The days will still be warm but the nights will be getting cooler, we may notice some change in the color of the garden foliage, and some of our garden birds will have migrated to warmer, tropical climates. September also starts with Labor Day, a holiday that marks a definite end to summer.
After Labor Day, the kids say goodbye to another beautiful summer as a new school year begins, parents are busy with buying last minute school supplies, and we can start to contemplate how to decorate the backyard for the scariest time of the year. Some of us also contemplate how we spent the recent holiday weekend. Was it a memorable, fun way to celebrate the end of summer, or just another average weekend? This year, try these suggestions to make this final, official summer weekend one for the personal family record books:
A weekend road trip to somewhere new: Take advantage of the holiday weekend to travel outside of familiar territory. This is the perfect chance to visit places you have always wanted to see, especially if they require a drive of three to six hours. This gives enough time to leave the home on Friday, enjoy a mini vacation, and come back on Sunday or Monday. If we aren’t sure where to go, we can look at a map, and see which sites are within driving distance. We could also spin the map, put a finger down on a random spot, and just get up and go. Although we don’t know what awaits, we might find a small, quaint town, an interesting state park, or fun activities associated with Labor Day. Wherever we decide to go, the most important thing to keep in mind is that adventure often awaits when visiting some place new.
Go hiking in a national park: If there is a national park within reach, take one or a couple of days to visit it for a hike. This is a fun way to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while also getting some exercise. We can also hike as near or far as we like, and finish off the walk with a gourmet picnic. If we do go hiking on a trail in a national park, we just have to make sure that we are prepared with proper clothing, footwear, and enough water and snacks. Pick a trail that leads to a lake, an overlook, or other point of interest, and document the day with family photos.
Backyard party with a scavenger hunt: Folks who don’t feel like leaving the home can still celebrate Labor Day in style, especially if they host a party that features a scavenger hunt. Just about anything can be used for “treasures” including cold, bottled drinks, knick-knacks, or Labor Day cards and pictures made by the kids. End the game with a cook-out that features favorite foods and drinks.
Local sights on Saturday, party in the garden on Sunday: We can also enjoy the holiday weekend by doing more than one activity. For example, we could visit a local museum, amusement park, or state park on Saturday, and host a fun, garden party on Sunday or Monday. This way, we can do something fun outside of the home one day, and relax on the following day while still sharing and celebrating the beauty of the garden.
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